A look at the most recent
episodes of Transformers Prime.
Synopsis: Ratchet endeavors to complete the synthetic
energon formula, finally seeming to succeed. After testing out the
substance on an inanimate engine, he tests it on himself out of a
desire to do more for the Autobot cause. It works for him, giving
him much more energy then ever before. It works so well that when
Arcee gets into trouble on a mission, he goes out into the field
himself and trashes an entire squad of Vehicons on his own. He
excitedly showed the other Autobots what he's done, though Optimus
is disappointed in his new found aggressiveness. Ratchet later
injects himself with more synthetic energon and goes along on the
Autobots' next mission. His vigorous interrogation of a miner and
subsequent attempt to extinguish the Decepticon leads
Optimus to give him a lecture. He accuses Optimus of not
being pro-active enough in their campaign against the Decepticons
and goes off to confront Megatron on his own. Reaching the
Decepticon energon mine, Ratchet makes short work of Breakdown,
but Megatron proves more formidable than expected. He beats
Ratchet, leaving him seriously injured and at Knock Out's mercy.
After Knock Out takes a sample of the synthetic energon, Ratchet
managed to raise enough strength to fight back and destroy the
sample. The other Autobots rescue him, though he's lost a lot of
energon and has to be hooked up to a drip. Ratchet apologized for
his behavior, though at least they'd gained a supply of real
energon out of it. Meanwhile, back at the mine, Knock Out finds
dripping liquid, a sample of the synthetic energon left behind
from Ratchet's wounds.
Comments: One of the better episodes of season one, we
finally get to see Ratchet kick some butt. We also learn from the
previous episode that he has mostly been successful in
synthesizing energon from the formula they partially extracted
from the probe. It also raises the question of whether Optimus has
been too soft on Megatron or whether Ratchet's new found power has
made him cocky and underestimated Megatron's sheer power (which
does prove to be the case). This was also one of the rare
instances where we get an episode spotlighting Ratchet for a
change, which was a welcome change from other episodes where it
seems either Arcee/Jack or Bulkhead/Miko get the episode's time.
Verdict: Excellent. One
of the season's best.
Optimus became concerned that a prophecy detailed in the Covenant of Primus is imminent and that Megatron
could regard it as his destiny. When Agent Fowler reports that the
Decepticons are stealing components for a new space bridge,
Optimus takes a team to a military lab to stop them. Though they
stop the Vehicons from stealing the power source, Megatron himself
arrives and before they could react, Bumblebee also arrives with a
gravely injured Raf. While 'Bee and Arcee returned Raf to base,
Optimus and Bulkhead sneak aboard the Nemesis to retrieve the
power source. They locate it, and Prime sends Bulkhead back to
base with it, while he goes in search of Megatron. He finds his
prey near a volcano and the ancient enemies fight. Optimus manages
to beat Megatron, but as he prepares to deliver the killing blow,
the volcano erupts with Dark Energon. Megatron experiences an
increase in power, and turns the tide. The prophesized alignment
of worlds had occurred, and Megatron had Optimus at his mercy.
Comments: A good episode and it wasn't clear at the show's
climax which way it would go. Would Optimus really kill Megatron?
Or could Megatron succeed and Optimus would die instead (although
he seems to die often in the canon).
One Shall Rise, Part One
As Megatron is about to
finish Optimus off, the other Autobots appear through the ground
bridge to rescue Optimus. The Autobots take their battered leader
back to base where they're puzzled over the presence of Dark
Energon on Earth. Slowly they realize the truth. June demands the
children should go with her for their own safety but both Jack and
Miko refuse to do so (Miko is adamant she will stay while Jack is
more reluctant to defy her). She takes Raf with her instead and
leaves. Fowler informs the Autobots of freakish global weather
patterns and shortly thereafter, June and Raf get caught in a
freak tornado along the desert highway. Bumblebee arrives just in
the nick of time and saves them from the car, which gets sucked
into the tornado. All three return to the Autobot base.
of the tremors emanating from the Earth's core are found by
Ratchet to be audibly comparable to a human heartbeat, meaning
that the core of the Earth is pumping Dark Energon through itself
instead of magma. Prime explains the conflict between Primus and
Unicron to the gathered humans and tells them he believed that
Earth has formed around the slumbering form of Unicron.
Megatron attempts to pledge allegiance with Unicron but fails
after Unicron senses the presence of a Prime. Unicron tells him he
doesn't need Megatron (even though Megatron has some sort of
psychic bond with him thanks to the Dark Energon in his own
systems). The Autobots set out investigating locations where
earthquakes had simultaneously struck with the eruption of the
volcano. However, Optimus soon finds himself confronted by a
Unicron formed from stone. Optimus tries to plead with the Chaos
Bringer for the billions of humans who dwell on Earth, but Unicron
considers them parasites and attacks Prime. Though he seems to
destroy Unicron, Optimus is quickly surrounded by many more
duplicates of his new foe.
A great continuation to the previous episode and an intriguing new
spin on the whole Unicron mythos.
Verdict: Excellent. A
great way to start the wrap-up of the show's first season.
Rise, Part Two
Unicron, manifests many
rock forms of his body to try and overpower Optimus Prime. Prime
shakes off most of the attacks and when he is finally overwhelmed,
he is saved by the timely arrival of Arcee, Bumblebee and
Bulkhead. However, Unicron ups the ante by appearing in a gigantic
rock form far more powerful then his previous creations. The group
is surprised when Megatron appears and attacks it, causing it
signifigant damage. He explains that because of Unicron's stated
attempt to slay Optimus, he decided to cast his lot temporarily
with the Autobots in order to destroy their new enemy. When the
group returns to base, the humans are unpleasantly surprised by
Megatron's appearance (especially after Megatron's attempt upon
Bumblebee and Raf's lives). The group (along with Megatron)
resolve to take the ground bridge to the Earth's core in order to
destroy Unicron from within (Megatron knows the exact location to
send them thanks to his psychic link to Unicron). Bumblebee,
Arcee, Optimus, Megatron and Bulkhead depart from the base as the
humans and Ratchet look on. Before leaving, Optimus gives Jack the
key to the ground bridge energy supply (in case that the Autobots
do not come back alive). To Optimus, it symbolizes his perception
of Jack's developing maturity throughout their time as allies.
the heart of Unicron, the tell-tale heart pounding is heard
throughout, and a giant eye moves menacingly at the top of the
Comments: Another enjoyable part of the season one finale.
Unicron's rock forms are a cool power and look neat. One wonders
how they can possibly defeat Unicron since he is the Earth itself.
One Shall Rise, Part Three
Synopsis: The Autobots and Megatron continue their battle at
the Earth's core while Jack, Miko and Raf learn more about
Optimus's history on Cybertron as Orion Pax. As Ratchet explains
the history of Optimus and Megatron, he finds Jack holding the key to Vector Sigma in his hand. Optimus told him
it was the key to the ground bridge power supply, Ratchet quickly
realizes Optimus thinks he will not return. Meanwhile, the other
Autobots and Megatron battle the antibodies of Unicron, where they
later locate Unicron's spark chamber. The others are cut off from
Optimus and Megatron, who continue in to the spark chamber.
Megatron struggles to not be controlled by Unicron through Dark
Energon, Optimus unleashes the power of the Matrix of Leadership
directly into Unicron's spark. All storms, and bad weather
suddenly stop on Earth. Megatron then extends his blade, ready to
slay a steaming Optimus. Right before Megatron is about to finally
finish him off, Optimus addresses Megatron by the name of "Megatronus", referring to Megatron's
original name back on Cybertron. As the other Autobots hurry to
retrieve Optimus, he does not recognize them and instead goes off
with Megatron back to the Nemesis. The Autobots escape to their
base once more. It is later revealed that Optimus didn't only lose
the wisdom of the Primes, but also his memories. The episode ends
with Megatron declaring Optimus, under his original name "Orion Pax" as a Decepticon.
Comments: I didn't see it ending this way. The defeat of
Unicron seemed a tad anti-climatic in some way... I'm not sure
what more they could've done with it but it seemed a bit too easy
all the same. The ending with Optimus/Orion Pax was surprising but
does anybody really suspect he'll remain this way for long?
Looking forward to next season!
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